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Sony buys Insomniac Games and calls "a special relationship"

  Screenshot of Sony's proprietary icons.
Enlarge / One of these PlayStation controller icons is not the same as the other. The Insomniac Games logo, the third from the left, is now an official part of the Sony Interactive Entertainment family.

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Insomniac Games, one of PlayStation's most enduring game developers, was officially acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The Monday announcement contained no conditions.

"We have had a special relationship with PlayStation since our inception," said Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac, in announcing the acquisition. "Our partnership extends our potential, and Marvel's Spider-Man was proof of that."

It is easy to assume that Insomniac was already operated as a "first-party" game studio by Sony. The developer has been responsible for some of PlayStation's largest exclusive franchises throughout the lifetime of the console, including last year's Ratchet & Clank, Resistance and Marvel's Spider-Man .

However, in the '1

0s, the developer began to focus on multiple platforms, including the (formerly) Xbox-based platformer Sunset Overdrive and a few Oculus-exclusive VR games. Insomniac still gives Stormland's the finishing touches, arguably the most impressive Oculus-exclusive VR game, which, despite more than a year of public demos, still has no release date.

In an email to Ars Technica, Facebook representatives confirmed that "despite this acquisition, Stormlands will start as planned". The VR game is currently an exclusive Oculus game, and we have no reason to believe this will change as far as the game is concerned, it ends up on Sony's own PlayStation VR headset.

The news follows Sony's biggest rival in console production, the Xbox, and announces a number of major game studio acquisitions for its own Xbox Game Studios over the Internet. The Microsoft acquisition series is part of a larger course correction by Xbox after the catastrophic ones Results of the Don Mattrick era of the console, which ended in 2013 when Phil Spencer took the helm of the Xbox all other gaming platform owners) had pursued a similar sales contract before Insomniac signed a contract with Sony.

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